MILLBURN, NJ — With 2020 marking the centennial of Women's suffrage in the United States, the Millburn Township Committee read a proclamation into the record at Tuesday night's meeting honoring the right of women to vote, as well as New Jersey's legacy in the movement.
As the proclamation noted, state residents Lucy Stone and Harry Blackwell organized the New Jersey Women's Suffrage Association, kicking off a long line of state residents organizin for the cause, including Allison Turnbull Hopkins, Julia Hulburt, Beatrice Reynolds Kikead and Minnie D. Abbot.
The measure officially passed nationwide in June of 1919, and in Feb. of 1920, New Jersey ratified it into law.
Following the amendment's passage, several women took their spots in local and state government.
As a way to honor the history of the Women's suffrage movement, the Millburn Municipal Building will be lit up purple on the week of Feb. 10. The color has deep significance to the statewide suffrage movement.